The Bucket Band is a group of veteran musicians based in Kansas City, MO, playing the great songs from the 1960s and early '70s - the "Golden Age of AM Radio." The members grew up playing in various bands in the Midwest, getting together as The Bucket Band in 2012.
According to keyboardist-guitarist-vocalist Tim Coulter, "What's different about this band? We had all just grown tired of playing the same old songs that everybody else is doing, and decided it was time to play some songs that nobody's done before." Cliff Payne, who plays bass and sings, says he loves doing all these "never done before" songs. He also has an Elvis tribute show on his résumé, leading the KY Elvis Parade for 12 years.
Lead guitarist Bill Bishop also spent time in some tribute bands, from Boston to Bad Company to the Doors - as the lead vocalist and guitarist, but had always wanted to sing some songs by Glen Campbell and Neil Diamond - and he's capable of covering anybody! Ken Johnson, who grew up in Nebraska, rounds things out on the drums, while also pitching in on lead and harmony vocals.
So The Bucket Band is able to cover just about anything! "We do a couple of later-period Elvis songs, and several Beatles songs, but there's a lot of variety. From the Monkees, the Beach Boys, Temptations, Rolling Stones, Neil Diamond...really all the music that we loved growing up." The audiences seem to love it, too. "People come up after we play and tell us how great it was to hear a band playing these songs. It's just 'feel good' music."
Tim Coulter - keyboards, guitar, vocals
Cliff Payne - bass, vocals
Bill Bishop - lead guitar, vocals
Ken Johnson - drums, vocals
The Bucket Band, based in Kansas City, plays the hits from the 1960’s and early ‘70s. All four members sing, covering The Beatles, Beach Boys, Neil Diamond, The Temptations, CCR, Elvis and many more. Having played together since 2012, they’re known for sounding “just like the records!”
A Few Highlights...
Pre-game shows at Kauffman Stadium (2017, 2018)
Headliner at Lebanon, Missouri’s Route 66 Festival (2019)
Headliner at Higginsville Missouri's Family Fun & Fireworks 4th of July Concert (2017)
Released CD, Vinyl Soul in 2017 - sold out within a year
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“Bands all over the country are keeping the rock and roll oldies torch burning and one band, in particular, is having a successful five-year run and gaining fans at every performance with their unique take on playing oldies…The band is always thinking of unique presentations for their crowds.
“Those who have been to a Bucket Band performance know that these musicians are also entertainers who play, not for money, but for the love of their craft and the music that they are doing a great job of keeping alive.” The Higginsville Advance, June 27, 2017
“The Bucket Band, which had the stage all day for its ’60s and early ‘70s Top 40 music, was a big hit with those attending. ‘I heard over and over about the band and that they want it to come back,’ Loretta Young, the festival’s general chairman, said.” Lebanon Route 66 Festival, June 2019
“For a four-piece band, they cover a lot of ground.” The Lexington (MO) News, February 6, 2013
“You guys bring class to playing covers. Always top notch, proving covers do NOT have to be played by rote, sacrificing heart. All you guys play with lots of heart and it always shows!” Tony Taylor, September 2015
“Wow, you guys really packed the house last night!! Great performance, great time!” Terie Starke at LaBella Winery, July 2018
“Appearances can truly be deceiving! These guys rocked the house better than bands with a median age half theirs! Good music has no expiration date. It's like a wine that gets sweeter with time and these rockers know how to bring it to life.” Michael Adams at The RecordBar, May 2015
“Great songs, Great singing, Great playing, Great band!!!” Dan Holloway (of ZZ-KC)
“We loved dancing and going down memory lane with you guys Saturday night. Great time!” Dorothy Macias at Depot #9, Ameristar Casino, February 2018
About our first CD, Vinyl Soul:
“I plugged in my Bucket Band CD a couple of days ago and listened to it about 4 or 5 times. Me, being a musician myself, tried to pick it apart. But damn guys, I couldn’t find anything wrong with it. Sounded damn good to me. Congratulations on the well-done work you put forth on putting this wonderful CD together. I’m sure I’ll listen to mine many, many times. Great job guys!!!” David Johnson of The J-Street Band, November 2017